I wasn't quite old enough to make it to Alcyon, but from what many Vault visitors have said, it was quite a place. Below are a few of the memories from those who visited Alcyon and maybe if we're lucky, maybe even from a few that helped put on the show! - Please click below to add your memories of Alcyon Speedway!
This is an aerial photo of Alcyon Speedway taken by Joe Clune, who is the son-in-law of car owner Tom Raymer. In the foreground is Alcyon Lake. Between the lake and the speedway was located Alcyon Park which was an active amusement park up until WW II. The lake shores in the early 1900's featured a boardwalk, skating rink, bowling alley and other arcade type attractions. Note the D shape of the famous 5/8's mile speedway. Alcyon is located on Holly Ave. near Lambs Road in Pitman, N.J. Holly Ave. is located on the right side of the photo. Today the speedway has been replace with a modern park. Thanks to the efforts of Ralph Richards Jr., race photographer and Pitman historian, a monument stands paying tribute to the famous speedway. Thanks, Russ Dodge
The original track at Alcyon Park was constructed as a 1/3 mile bicycle facility in 1895. In 1910, the track was expanded to allow horses to 1/2 mile to allow horses to race on the track. To gain this additional distance, the track was "bulged out" to a D-shape form giving the new speedway its famed dog-leg and five turns. While various forms of motor sport events were held at the track in early years, The Vault will solicit pictures from the post WW II era up until the track closed in 1960. Alcyon Speedway in the 50's was the place to race. A win there was prestigious, such as a win at Reading or Flemington in later years. The top drivers from Maryland to New York would tow to Alcyon to compete in the Friday night shows. The pictures that will appear in the Vault, as time goes by, will validate the premium field of cars and drivers that race the famous speedway. To name any at this time would only slight hundreds of others that should be sighted. Notes: The track measured 50' wide for most of the way around. There was a baseball field in the infield, with a modern lighting system, used up until the late 40's The track ran on Friday nights and Holiday afternoons.
It featured a covered grandstand and bleachers along the front straight away, If you went off the track any where from the first turn to the fourth turn you went down a heck of drop and landed in trees. The track actually measured 5/8 on the outside guardrail. The Friday night show started at 8:30 to allow local ball games, wedding rehearsals and such to be over so people could get to Alcyon! (Picture and the preceeding introduction provided by Russ Dodge - Thank you Russ!)
To View aerial images of the site of Alcyon Speedway from 1931 to present, click below:
Find on the left side of the page where it says "Search Imagery" and click on "By Lat / Long", and then enter the following coordinates:
Latitude: 39.7292 Longitude: -75.1452
(Coordinates provided by Mike Sienko)
Alcyon Memories From the Visitors of "The Vault"
(Most Recent Comments Appear at the Top of the List)
Alvin McNeill 06.17.19
I know there are no postings for a long time, but hope for help locating a picture of one of my Dads cars. He raced in the early 1950's and had cars star1 star2 and star3. Wild Bill Smith was driving one of his cars when he had the wreck that he died from a couple of weeks later in the hospital from pneumonia.
I was 8 yrs old and know nothing of my Dad's racing.
Thanks for any info
Joseph Hammel 02.06.11
Back in the 70's and early 80's I had a dirt bike and my friends and I used to race around the old track.My father used to go there in the hey days to see the races. I kind of wish it was still there, It was pretty cool to be able to visit a place from the past that will never be again. Thanks for the memories.
Michael Winterton Coventry, England 8/14/08
Hi there - My Dad emigrated from England to live with his American wife Jane and in 1979 moved to an apartment in Holly Court West (where the parking lot to the right of your photo is). They lived there until moving to Glassboro in 1981.
I used to come over from England for great vacations every year and took the two attached photos at Christmas 1987 when my girlfriend & I went out back into the remains of Alcyon Park.
That's me standing at the top of the bleachers (1987).
(Here's one from behind the stands in 1987)
I was there again just this spring with my wife and family and thought the new park and walks were lovely!
Holly J. Focht 06/05/08
Seeing my first race at Alcyon at age 2, it started me on 50+ years of being a racing fan! You don't have to know how many years over 50! We used to picnic in the pits after the races were done - Buddy Olsen, Al Tasnady (my mom's boyfriend in 1950 something when we started going), Frankie Schneider, Elton Hildreth. . . . Toby Tobias, the list goes on and on.
My first ride in a stock car was when Buddy Olsen put a milk crate in the Lightning "0" for me to sit on and he took me around the track. What a thrill that was as a kid!
I was always fascinated with Elton Hildreth's car though with his little billboard sign on the roof! But my favorite was and will always be Tas's red 44 - the one he flipped 7 times at Pitman. I here it still lives in a garage in upstate New York somewhere.
Jim Morrow - you're right - Alcyon, Reading, and Flemington were the BEST - but remember the Indian at Nazareth too. What a show!
Serenity Sharon 05/19/07
I was searching the web for information on Alcyon and was so glad to see the comments. Brought back many memories for me.
We grew up going to Alcyon and it was the start of 50+ years of being a racing fan.
My godfather, Angelo Massari, had the red and white checkered #98 who was driven by Bud Olsen most of the time. Busty's did all the work and I believe, but not certain, he was part owner of the #98. In 1958, Budd Olsen won the championship.
I remember one time going and watching as a car ran off the track and got stuck in the trees. It was something you will never forget.
I was telling my son about Alcyon and how we all got started the love of racing as he is now running at Bridgeport. So I guess you could say Alcyon has special memories for me. I know my son loves the dirt tracks.
Thanks for the site and being able to say hi to all the other Alcyon fans.
I was to young to really remember much of the racing. My father was the flagger their in mid fifties. Not really sure think 1955. We used to drive down from Connecticut. The names of the drivers I remembered when I started going to NY,PA and NJ later on in the 60's and 70's. Bud Olsen and Pete Corey were my two favorites up until they retired. Used to watch Tas at Reading and Flemington. Thanks for finding pictures so I can put the cars to the driver at the time.
Jack Huston 08/11/06
Alcyon Memories are a big part of my life, as I lived the first nine years of it fifty yards from the back fence of turn #2 at Alcyon Speedway. We called the little village there "The Park" and the house where the Pierces lived was all of thirty feet from the outside rail of the extra turn that made Alcyon Speedway unique. My little sister Betty and I used to make things out of the clay from the track's surface. This was when you went to the hardware store for hardware and software wasn't even a word yet. My folks rented our home from the Eastlacks and rent was $100. a year. The Vails said that anyone who lived so close to the track and ate all that dust and noise could get into the speedway for free. To get to the speedway was just a short walk for me, so I was always there. I also learned how to swim in Alcyon Lake.
On July 17, l953, I entered the Third Annual Alcyon Bike Derby. The ages to enter were 9 through 15 years, and I was three weeks into my ninth year. I had practiced for weeks. Walter T. Chernokal took a 8X10 inch glossy black and white photo of me sitting on my bike holding the checkered flag. Looking at that photo, you can see the white threads sticking out from my bike's bald tires. Standing behind me are four men. One if Bernie Hart, another is Herb Vail, and I've forgotten the names of the other two. Over two dozen of my heroes signed the back of that photo and I called all of them "Sir". Moon, Olson, Jackie, and Steve are but a few of the signatures. For part of my race prize, I got to sit in Bud's car. The drivers there that night chipped in and bought me a brand-new 28" bike, with all the trim but only one speed. Yes, I took off the trim so I could go faster. Later, that bike was stolen from the bike rack at W.C.K. Walls Elementary School on Grant and Cedar Avenues in Pittman, New Jersey. Not many folks know that back then that school had separate entrances for boys and girls.
Racing was in my blood and heart, and later I would race at Atco and Vineland. I also did some two-wheels and engine racing when Gary Nixon wore the #1. I hung out with my cousin Stan Huston, who raced the #12 Sportsman and a winged sprint car (also #12) at Bridgeport and other tracks.
About l954, my dad with help from his brothers built a home at 505 McKinley Avenue in Pittman, New Jersey. I remember the price of the building lot was $75.00. Today I live a mile high in the Sierra Ancha Mountains of central Arizona, with no neighbors for twenty miles no matter any way you look; no land lines anything, and cell phones don't work either. Internet and phone connections are via satellite. I still like to run with a cam and open
exhaust, and now my mountain bike is a 26" model with 21 speeds and no engine (so I do real well in the downhill sections). Once in a while, I go down to P.I.R. or Manzy, and every few years I go back to south Jersey to visit family and friends. All things change, and when I'm around the park I do get choked up. This October, I plan to go to the Alycon Speedway Reunion.
Thanks for the memories, Jack Huston firstname.lastname@example.org
Merit O'Neal 07/16/06
I remember alcyon from 1955 when Bobby Marshman first ran there. He drove the red and white 6 cylinder Ford sprinter #99 that he purchased from the Weidner Brothers, Les and Mel. I worked for George Marshman at Sanatoga, Hatfield, and Philadelphia Municipal Stadium several years.
Norm Wallace 06/08/06
I was a young boy growing up in Pitman in the mid-40's til I left for military duty in 1963. I fondly recall the speedway, the lake & the 4th of July fireworks & would go @ every opportunity.
If I was punished & couldn't go, I could hear the roar of the cars going around the track from my bedroom a mile or so away.
I recall top drivers, Jackie McLaughlin & Al Tasnady particularly. My Uncle John Stratton, was the Pontiac dealer in Pitman & furnished the "pace cars" for the race. I used this many times to my advantage and got free passes to the track.
I remember when they dismantled the track, which was a very sad time. So was the closing of the lake due to pollution. The town was never the same afterwards.
Mike & Cristi 02/14/06
I just want to thank you and Russ Dodge with this sight for helping me understand my Pop-Pop. I am the granddaughter of "Iron" Mike Magill and only recently understood all his bantering over the years of the good old days of racing, now at 86 years old he is still living those races everyday.
Besides Jeanie (my grandmother) racing was his life. Reading the memories left by all of you and hearing Russ Dodge (probably my grandfather's best friend) confirm his tall tales of those days has made me appreciate him all the more. I never needed his racing "fame", stories of Bud Olsen or his crash at Indy he was just Pop-Pop to me, but now I get it, this track and all the others were their lives and I must thank all of the fans that remember those days, because now I know when he is gone I will be able to share his memory everyday by visiting sights like these. This is what we talk about when we are together almost daily. He had great memories of the people from the circuits and made lifelong friends here.
Thanks Alcyon Memories and all the fans of Racing !
JOE FARREN 01/27/06
- I GREW UP IN WESTVILLE NEW JERSEY AND REMEMBER VIVIDLY AS A YOUNG BOY [ born
- LISTENING TO THE OLDER FOLKS TALK ABOUT THE AWESOME RACING IN PITMAN. MY
STEP FATHER OWNED THE CHESTNUT HOUSE DINER ON ROUTE 130 IN WESTVILLE, AND I REMEMBER HEARING SOME OF THE PATRONS REMINISCING ABOUT THE ALCYON RACE TRACK......I
RECENTLY RETIRED FROM THE AIRFORCE AND NOW LIVE IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA......LOTS OF GOOD SPEEDWAYS NEARBY........DAYTONA AND TALLADEGA.........AND SOME REALLY NICE DIRT TRACKS ALSO.
Clyde Pettit 11/04/04
- My Dad started taking me to Alcyon when I was 5 or 6 yrs old in the late forties. I don't think we ever parked any where except the peach orchard and walked. It was the biggest thrill for me and made me a life time dirt fan. I remember going to Busty's Garage in Pennsgrove on Thurs night and watch them work on the cars and being allowed to pump the brakes and be in the car - seventh heaven. Then the biggest thrill - be in the car when they backed it out for the trailer WOW. Bud Olsen and his brother were driving there along with Bobby Alcorn. We used to root for Bobby to win a race - any race. The one time I remember him leading he was on the last lap and ended up in the turn four net.
I loved that track and the gang of kids I met there. I have traveled all over and never found another track that compared to Alcyon. My Dad had a lot of pictures of the track and drivers that somehow got lost when he passed on.
We went to the Bridgeport opening and I remember us talking to Bud Olsen and Leon Manchester before the races started and Pop said it aint Alcyon and he was right. Living in Florida now and do get to see the big blocks when they come down for the Winter Nationals. My grandson and I don't miss a night. I was glad to find this site so I could show him all the early cars. I have found him visiting this site often keep up the good work. Clyde Pettit
Dick Millar 06/18/04
- I remember this track because it was the first track where the reality of racing first hit me. It was at Pitman that I saw my first fatality at the track. In the course of five minutes or less we went from the sounds of the cars and fans to absolute silence. Racing was great to watch but it was suddenly quite clear that it was not just exciting but dangerous. I'm not positive but I believe they just red flagged everything and made up the feature the next week. I can't tell you the driver that was killed in the accident but racing became more than cars running round a track.
Bob Avis 05/28/04
- Growing up in Pitman, Alcyon lake and the speedway took center stage when summer came and provided a lot of Great memories. I was one of those young kids in the trees on many Friday nites. My parents would be mad at me for getting home late but it was worth it. In regards to Bill Skinner's memory of the lady flipping The car I was there and as I recall it was a hobbie car with the #A22. The one car that always stood out for me was the white #659. I can still recall the distinct sound of the jimmy 6 motor and the large flame it would belch out as it entered the first turn.
Sherrie Dornberger 03/21/04
- Unfortunately, I was quite young when I went to Alcyon. My mom on several occasions told me the story of how she was n labor, ready to deliver me, and was in the infield at Alcyon. My dads car the 999 was leading the race. My dad (Sonny Dornberger) made my mom wait until the race was over and they won before they would leave for the hospital.
I attended my first race at 10 days old. My mom said Helen Vail referred to me as the "Alcyon Baby." Every week when we would go to the races, Helen gave me a hotdog upon our arrival. My mom said, I would carry this hotdog with such care and conviction. I had a hard time at 2 climbing into the stands holding onto my hotdog. She said this one week I was carrying my "dog" and climbed to our seat. I sat down, and there was only a roll! I said, "sum of a beach" someone stole my dog!My mom laughed so hard she cried. (But, she had to replace my "dog"). Anyone that knew my mom would understand where I learned my new found vocabulary! My mom did not say a sentence unless it had a curse word in it! And she was not even aware of it !
My parents both spoke of Alcyon as their second home. My dad could tell story after story about Alcyon. It was where he decided to drive his own car one week in the beginning of his career, after wrecking the car and having his nose sewn back on, he decided to only build and wrench the cars, and leave the driving to others! Now that both my parents are gone, I wished I had taken notes of all the stories. All that I know is, there are some really good races going on in heaven!
Tom Bilger 10/04
- I visited "Jersey" right after Labor Day and was fortunate enough to meet and visit with Russ Dodge prior to returning to Spokane, Wa. If you have the opportunity to visit Russ, it is time well spent if you are n Alcyon or Vineland fan. What memories!!! Thanks Russ for your graciousness and your dedication to keeping our memories alive.
Bill Skinner 10/04
- Be sure to see Ralph Richard's paragraph submitted 9/13/03 regarding the beautiful park today. Ralph is too modest to say he is the one most responsible for the granite monument and all the extras which make the park such a shrine to those Alcyon races we'll never forget! Thank you so much, Ralph, for helping to keep Alcyon alive!
Tom Bilger 09/17/03
- The #19 was from Westville and was owned and driven by "Popcorn" Bill Lewis ,who owned the Popcorn concessions at Alcyon. I went thru Westville Elementary and Woodbury High schools and was in the wedding of Bill Jr. They lived on Olive Street in Westville. Bill Lewis hauled me to a lot of races, not only Pitman but Langhorne and a couple tracks in Delaware. I don't know who drove the #555, Russ Dodge may be able to help on that one, but the #026 was normally driven by Jackie McLaughlin, the #44 Al Tasnady and the #88 and #88a by Ralph Smith and Ken Marriott. Of course depending on the time frame Ken Marriott at one time drove the #44 and I believe Ed Lindsay drove the #88 at one time. This is probably more info then you wanted, but I have never been known for short answers, Tom Bilger
John L. Polson 9/15/03
- Ah, those were the days. I was five (1955) when my Dad started to take me and a couple of friends to the track . We usually went into the infield and parked at the same light pole where we could see the cars coming out of the last turn and battle down the front straight. Jackie McLaughlin, Al Taznady, Lou Mood(the flying farmer), Bobby Becker and Bud Olson were favorites. We had to have a big 50 cent box of carmel pop corn and sit on a blanket on the hood of our 1954 Hudson Hornet. Between races we would have a game of "kick the can". We also used to go around collect beer cans and pile them at the light pole just for fun. Another memory was all of the people sitting up in the trees outside of the track watching the action. Probably the best seat in the house.
- I remember there was a black and white coupe #19 that we all hoped would win one race. Don't know the drivers name but every heat #19 was on the pole. By the first or second lap he was at the back or broke down. I only recall seeing him win once. I think the car was from Westville next to Crabby Al"s bar but I am not positive.. Maybe somebody can add a drivers name to old #19. Other numbers were 026, 555, 44, 88 and 88A.
- We were regulars at the track until it closed. I remember sitting outside of our house in Sewell on the nights Dad worked and listened to the sounds of the track. Years after the track closed I would take walks just to check it out and relive memories. I still have a couple of articles and pictures I cut out of the papers. With the park reborn I can still stand there watch my sons play soccer and see clearly in my mind great times at Alcyon Speedway!!
Sincerely - John L. Polson 9/15/03
Ralph Richards 09/13/03
- On this site now is Alcyon Park, it includes ballfields, a picnic pavilion, a refreshment stand built to look like the speedway scoring pagoda (with a stock car weathervane on top), a walking path (it closely follows the layout of the 5 turn track) with placards showing racing images from the 1950's along the edge. There are several park benches dedicated to former drivers at Alcyon Speedway. The center piece of the park is a granite monument with a time line on top and poster replicas and championship list on the sides to remember the Alcyon Speedway. If you are ever in the Pitman area stop by it can still be reached by turning at Track Avenue off of Holly Avenue by Alcyon Lake. If visiting the park stop by the park office and check out the memorabilia and photos from Alcyon Speedway and Park. Thank you, Ralph J. Richards, Jr.
Ken Thompson 06/15/03
- My Alcyon memories are not as vivid as I'd like but they are wonderful to me. As an 8 year old youngster I remember my Dad taking me on many Fri nights. Of course all the big "names" were usually there along with local favorites like Lew Mood 00 (Double Nothin), Elton Hildreth (still my favorite of all time as he attended Bridgeton HS at the same time as my Mother), Al DiNatale and others. But all my memories were not AT the track. At the time, I lived in Barnsboro, the town immediately west of Pitman. I can remember sitting outside on Fri nights when I couldnt go to the track and watch the parade of cars that used Main St.to get to Pitman. From Barnsboro, we moved to Leesburg, NJ and did not make the trips back to Pitman but when Vineland opened we started all over again with new drivers mixed with the old names. History runs in cycles. My father now lives in a retirement home in Pitman just about a mile from the park (track). Every time I visit dad I take the time to go to the park to remember and relive my youth. Thanks to Ralph Richards for all his effort to get the town of Pitman to recognize a very important part of their history.
Bill Skinner 06/15/03
- My favorite memories of Alcyon start with my dear mother taking me swimming at Alcyon Lake and buying me a popsicle and my father taking me to the stock car races in 1954 when Freddy Fehr was king driving the red 88.
- The memories quickly move into 1955 when Pete Corey would flat tow 5 hours each way down from Cohoes, NY to give the mighty modifieds a real run for the money in the yellow Bob Mott sportsman number 3. (I've driven for the last 40 years sitting way back in my seat like Pete did.) That year my favorite driver Jackie McLaughlin won the track championship and eight of 25 feature events driving the Lucky Jordan deuce. In later years, despite having some good rides (like the 300, the 026, and the 111), Jackie would be severely challenged at Alcyon by the best driver I ever saw- Al Tasnady!
- I remember my first driving hero Lew Mood in his sportsman number 29 and the Maryland Boys and the invaders from Vineland Speedway. How great those drivers and cars were! Who can ever forget those incredible years when in late 1956
and all of 1957 all of the best drivers in the area drove on the clay at Alcyon on Friday night because Alcyon and Vineland were finally racing on different nights? Each night's feature line up read like an all star program with 10 or 15 cars and drivers capable of capturing the checkered flag!
- Did you know that the competition at Alcyon was such that there was a different track champion in each of the years 1951 through 1960? Did you know that each of the winners of the national championship in years 1957 through 1960 was a regular at Alcyon that year? No wonder I cried every time it rained on Friday and I had to wait at least another week to see my first love!
- Thanks to Russ Dodge and Ralph Richards, Jr for unselfishly sharing your knowledge and your collections of Alcyon information, programs, newspaper articles, and photos with me! Before I met these two gentlemen a few years ago, the only single event I could fully recall from Alcyon was when a young woman driving in a Dolly Derby in 1959 flipped over the inside guard rail and landed upside down on top of a car parked in the infield in front of the main grandstand!
- Thanks to everybody who ever took films at Alcyon and to everybody who has shared that precious footage! Please keep sharing these precious momentos with others such as Russ and Ralph and 3 Wide so that we can keep Alcyon alive! If I could relive any 3 hour event in my life (Sorry, Bette Ann, you were probably only 2 or 3 years old at the time any way), I would choose any holiday afternoon racing program at Alcyon Speedway which I might have attended with my dairy farmer father, Harvey Skinner. And I would take films this time!
Happy Fathers' Day, everybody! Bill Skinner
Ralph Richards Jr. 06/02/03 Growing Up in Pitman
- I remember the great drivers that ran at Alcyon, but as a child, the 4th of July bicycle races and the chance to ride around Alcyon in a real stock car with my favorite driver was my two fondest memories.
- I remember swimming at Alcyon lake on Saturday afternoon and hearing Bill and Herb Vail working on the track. When the noise stopped I would see a few men walk up the hill to look at the track. I later found out they were drivers Al Tasnady, Jackie McLaughlin and Budd Olsen.
- Herb Vail told me that he once asked Al Tasnady to help set up his car for the race that evening. When finished, Al left to get ready for the nights racing. When Bill Vail found out that Tas had driven the track he regroomed it so he wouldn't have an advantage over the other drivers.
- I stop and visit Herb Vail just to hear the real Alcyon memories from the man who grew up at the track. One of the funniest was when Bill Vail was getting upset with all the people climbing the trees around the track to watch the races. He told Herb to take the suck truck and suckout the cesspools. When Herb finished, Bill told him to put the pump on and ride around the edge of the track and spray the trees with the waste. Herb said it was a good idea except it smelled really bad around the track until the next rainstorm came through.
- The memories I have growing up in Pitman are my reason for trying to preserve Alcyon's history. Lets face it, if a certain track's memories are your memories you are actually preserving your youth in the process. And that's a good thing. (Sorry Martha)
Ralph J. Richards, Jr.
Tom Bilger 05/14/03
- It is with deep sadness that I read about the passing of George Wingate. When I was a kid in the fifties and used to go to the South Jersey Speed and Sport Shop, George was very often there helping Sonny Dornberger and Dutch Mauk. He always had a smile and would take time to acknowledge me. I guess as race fans of the "Alcyon Era", we can all hope that George, Sonny, Dutch, Otto and Jackie and all the rest will be waiting for us. Tom Bilger
Jim Murrow 05/01/03
- I first started going to Alcyon in 1956, when I was 10. I had been a big stock car fan since I was about 5, but until '56, I had only been to Atco Speedway, a ¼ mile, (I think) Paved track about 20 miles from Alcyon. I was there every Friday night till it closed. The racing was fantastic! As mentioned above, on any given Friday night, some of the best of the best, from Maryland to NY could be seen. Regulars included McLaughlin, Olsen, Tas, Mariott, Harwi, Kagle, Guthrie, Pobletts, Lindsey, Whitehead, and more. Invaders, included, Johnny Roberts, Pete Corey, (Who usually won, with a sportsman car), Jimmy Metzler, George Harrison, and more
- The Sportsman and Modifieds ran together. Sportsman cars were limited to 330 cu. in. and one 4 barrell carb, but otherwise were the same as the Modifieds. Some of the great sportsman drivers were Jackie Hart, Bill Wark, Sal Moschella, Henry Johnson, and many, many more. "Popcorn" Lewis, mentioned below, ran the popcorn stand, and also raced, himself . He was also the local Wynn's Friction Proofing rep, and the guy I bought a new Wynn's Jacket from every year. I Loved those Jackets! Bill Vail was agreat promoter, and it was a real shame to see the track close.
- Alcyon, Reading and Flemington, 3 of the best ever, gone Thanks, Jim Murrow
Note from Vault Visitor Bill D:
I believe that 300 cu. ins. was the limit allow for sportsman cars at Nascar tracks. The reason I say this is that in one year of the late 50's, Pete Corey and Jackie Hart were competing for the National Sportsman title. As the story goes Jackie towed into one of NY tracks (Pete Corey country) and was protested for being over sized. The motor was torn down and found to be a Chev. small block with a 4" bore x 3" stroke, making it a 301.5 cu. in engine. Jackie lost all his points earned at Nascar tracks and the National Compionship. I think the rules stated .090 over bore, any camshaft and one carb.
Also, Jim mentions Atco Speedway (which was located behind a saloon/bar) as possible being a 1/4 mile paved track. If memory severs me correctly it was a 3/16 of mile dirt track, with a used motor oil surface.
Bill D. email@example.com
Tom Bilger: 04/30/03
I will never forget the days and "PTL" Russ Dodge has been a God send in helping me remember the Tuesday and Friday night races at Alcyon in the mid and late 50's. To see Jackie McLaughlin, Budd Olson,Al Tasnady,Ralph Smith, Ken(Bones) Marriott and my Boyhood hero Otto Harwi along with many other greats,all starting in the back of the Feature lineup,was a time that is forever etched in my mind. Thanks, Sonny Dornberger and Dutch Mauk for the many hours they let me sit in the corner of the "South Jersey Speed and Sport Shop", like a mouse and be in "Awe" when guys like Mike Magill and Otto would visit. Thanks, Walt Chernokal and others for their tremendous photos. I also want to "Thank" Popcorn Bill Lewis, who hauled me to Langhorne and Alcyon when there were times I would not have gotten to races except for him. And once again, Thanks Russ.
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